Pairing a Direct to Garment Printer With a Heat Press  |

When it comes to garment decoration, there are a variety of different ways to get your design transferred to your shirt. Traditionally, when people of think of transferring designs to garments, they think of screen printing, and when they think of curing ink they think of large conveyor dryers. We want to encourage you to think a little bit outside of the box and try pairing a Direct to Garment Printer with a heat press.

What you Need to Know About Direct to Garment Printers

The biggest benefit of Direct to Garment Printers is the fact that it allows you to get into the niche market of small batches of highly detailed and customized prints. While making these prints, your business still remains profitable. DTG printers let you get jobs done in a quick amount of time, and they use relatively low amounts of labor.

While there are quite a few DTG printers on the market, we are extremely excited to offer what we think is the best Direct to Garment Printer. The Epson® SureColor® F2100 is designed to create high-quality prints quickly. It even includes a quick load platen and an inline cleaning system. The Epson® SureColor® F2100 prints well on both light and dark garments. It is compatible with the tried and true inks from the previous Epson® SureColor® F2000.

What’s the Deal with Heat Presses

Heat presses are a multifunctional tool that should be included in any print shop. They work amazing for curing on-site prints, for doing heat transfers, and for creating foil transfers. Heat presses will save you both time and money in a variety of different situations. It is a good idea to have both teflon sheets and teflon wraps on hand if you plan on using a heat press.

Printing with an Epson Direct to Garment Printer and Curing Your Shirt

Step 1: Apply Pre-Treat

Pre-treating a shirt helps mat the shirt fibers together. This gives the shirt a good base for the print to adhere to. When it comes to dark garments, a pre-treatment helps set the white under base so you can print the color on top of it. In order to pre-treat the shirt, you are going to want to apply the pre-treat to the shirt, and then place a Teflon Heat Press Sheet on the shirt. Apply the heat press to the shirt for around 35 seconds. Make sure the heat press is set at 350 degrees.  

Step Two: Place Your Garment

Load or Place your garment on the Direct to Garment printer’s pallet. Make sure to smooth out the fabric.

Step 3: Use Garment Creator

After you have gotten your shirt loaded, you are going to want to open up Epson’s Garment Creator and drag your artwork into the platform. When you are sure that your artwork is centered and placed correctly, hit print to the Epson F21000 RIP. This converts all of the color data and detail. Which in turns makes it compatible with the DTG ink set that is used in the Epson F2100.

Print Your Design:

The printer will receive the information and then load the shirt and start printing. If you are printing on a dark garment, the printer will first print a white under base and then will print the color over the base.

Curing Your Print With A Heat Press:

After your shirt is done printing, you’ll unload the shirt from the printer, and you will want to make sure to hit it with a heat press in order for the ink to properly cure. Place a Teflon Heat Press Sheet on top of the shirt and then apply the heat press for a minute or so. Your shirt is now ready to go!

If you think that a Direct to Garment Printer would be a good option for your shop, we would love to hear from you! Give us a call at 1-800-314-6390 or send an email over to and one of our printing pros will get you started.

If you are interested in learning more about direct to garment printers, check out Weighing The Opportunity Cost Of DTG vs Screen Printing and Say Hello to the Epson SureColor F2100 Direct-to-Garment Printer.

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